Light failure doesn't deter Dodgers

A heavy rain before the game and a one hour delay in the first inning due to light failure did not slow the Dodger attack as they banged out 17 hits in a 15-3 win over the Mets at St. Lucie. Third Baseman Adrian Beltré slugged a three-run homer in a seven-run third inning and added a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Jose Hernandez singled three times and knocked in a pair, Juan Encarnacion had a single and a double and rookie Nick Theodorou singled twice.

The Dodgers boosted their record against the Mets to 4-1 and have scored 48 runs in the five games. Five Dodger pitchers held the Mets to seven singles.

Wilkin Ruan was the Dodger leadoff man and if you determine a "good time at bat" one that lasts a long time, Ruan's was a record-breaker. After the count on him moved to 1-2, part of the lights went out and the game was delayed for a full hour before the repairs were made and Wilkin missed a third strike to get the game officially under way.

Kaz Ishii started and wild-pitched a run across in the second inning before David Ross picked a runner off second base to kill the rally, his fourth pickoff of the season.

The Dodgers put the game away in the top of the third, scoring seven times with two out. An even dozen men went to the plate and eight of them reached base in succession.

Beltré's three run double off the base of the right field wall got Los Angeles on the board. Shawn Green, Encarnacion and Robin Ventura had RBI singles and Hernandez collected a two run single to put a cherry on top the big inning.

Ishii, working on a revamped pitching motion, wild-pitched a second run across the plate in the third but worked four innings in his best outing of the spring, allowing three hits and only two runs.

The Dodgers added a single run in the fifth on a double by Encarnacion and a single by Ross. Beltré's three-run shot over the left-field fence in the sixth made it 11-2 and three singles, a walk and a two-run error in the eighth boosted the lead to 14-2. Eric Gagne retired three straight in the sixth inning; Doug Nickel added two shutout innings, Tom Martin allowed a run and Steve Colyer finished up.

*M*A*S*H* report--The Dodgers received good news about minor league pitching ace Gregg Miller. Arthroscopic surgery disclosed no damage to his shoulder, a bursa sack was removed and he is expected to resume throwing in four to six weeks. Alex Cora took 60 swings in the batting cage with out pain in the arm he fractured during winter league action and could be back in action next week. Guillermo Mota, who had pain in his right bicep and tricep, threw a bullpen without discomfort. Robin Ventura had a shot in his ankle and played against the Mets.